Paresh Patel

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Above Images: Patel, circa 2000

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 25, 2000 from Austin, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 29, 1964
  • Age: 36 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'9, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Asian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Patel is a native of India who came to the United States as a teenager. He may spell his first name "Parish" and/or "Paris," and may use the aliases Win Musrie and/or Winmusuria Patel.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A long-sleeved blue shirt, a black Guess? jacket, black jeans and a baseball cap.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Patel was the co-owner of the Austin, Texas nightclubs Azucar, Melagio and a music venue on Sixth Street in 2000. He was last seen by one of his business associates when he was en route to a meeting at a club in the Warehouse District of downtown Austin on September 25, 2000. His vehicle was seen parked along 4th Street and Lavaca that evening. Patel never arrived at his destination and also failed to pick up his children at evening. He has never been heard from again. He was reportedly carrying $15,000 in cash at the time of his disappearance.

    Patel's white Lexus SUV was discovered parked along Fourth and Lavaca streets in east Austin on the evening of September 26, one day after his disappearance. There was no sign of him at the scene.

    Patel's music venue on Sixth Street celebrated its grand opening the weekend prior to his disappearance. He was in the middle of a custody battle over his two sons at the time of his disappearance, and had also fathered a daughter by another woman. Patel refused to pay child support for the girl. A month before his disappearance, the family court ordered him to pay $20,000 in back support, plus fines.

    In 2004, a former member of the prison gang Texas Syndicate testified Patel had been murdered by members of the gang and buried on the outskirts of the city. This information has not been confirmed, but foul play is suspected in Patel's case and he is believed to be deceased. He is described as a devoted parent and an aggressive entrepreneur.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Austin Police Department
    512-974-5000

    OR
    512-974-5172

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    Source Information
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    The Austin Chronicle
    KXAN-TV 36
    City of Austin
    The Austin American-Statesman
    India Abroad

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 11, 2007; distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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